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CLEVELAND -- LeBron James dropped to his knees and slapped the floor with his hand.
He was exhausted and exhilarated -- and one win from the NBA Finals.
James shook off an atrocious shooting start and withstood Atlanta's gritty comeback to record a triple-double, and the Cleveland Cavaliers took a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals with a 114-111 win in overtime on Sunday night over the Hawks.
CLEVELAND -- Hawks center Al Horford was ejected from Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals when he was called for a flagrant 2 foul in the second quarter against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova.
The play occurred in the final minute of the second quarter of the Cavaliers' 114-111 overtime win with the Hawks leading 48-47. Multiple players from both teams were pursuing a loose ball in the Atlanta half court following a missed running floater by Horford when Horford, Dellavedova and Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll fell to the floor.
In the battle for the ball, Dellavedova and Horford got tangled while Dellavedova was trying to box out the Hawks big man. Dellavedova tumbled over Carroll, who had already fallen to the floor. Dellavedova then rolled into Horford's right knee, sending Horford to the floor. As Horford crumpled, his elbow and forearm struck Dellavedova above the right shoulder.
J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert have helped the Cleveland Cavaliers to within two wins of the NBA Finals.
Pablo Prigioni has played a small but integral role in helping the Houston Rockets to the Western Conference finals.
All three veterans also used to play for the New York Knicks.
Arizona Reid had 29 points and 11 rebounds, while June Mar Fajardo tallied 21 points and 20 boards as the San Miguel Beermen leaned on a strong first half to defeat the Star Hotshots, 100-89, on Sunday.
"From the start we knew this will be a tough game for us coz both teams need to win," said SMB head coach Leo Austria. "We're lucky to pull up a win. I'm happy to see my players na ineexecute yung mga plays namin. We're on one direction."
Chris Ross was active on point, filling up the stat sheet with 14 points, six boards, three assists and three steals, while Arwind Santos posted 12 markers in 24 minutes. Alex Cabagnot also added 13 points, seven boards, three assists and two blocks off the bench.
FILIPINO-AMERICAN Jordan Clarkson easily made it to the 2015 NBA All-Rookie Team, but the Los Angeles Lakers guard thinks he still needs to work on his game.
And there’s one more he thinks who should do the same —Manny Pacquiao.
The 22-year-old Clarkson has yet to meet Pacquiao, but he knows the Filipino boxing superstar has made it to the professional basketball league here.
The Golden State Warriors are taking care of business on the court in the Western Conference finals, but the team is also focused on taking care of business in court.
The Warriors responded Friday to a lawsuit brought against the team and Ticketmaster by ticket resale site StubHub, accusing them of illegally rigging the resale market, by filing a motion to dismiss the case.
The case, should it proceed to trial, would be seen as a landmark development in the sports ticketing industry. A legal decision would set forth for the first time an established precedent as to whether the sports fan leases the right to a ticket or owns it and whether teams have the right to tell fans where they can sell the seats that they buy.
Moving on from a trade is nothing new for Barako Bull guard Joseph Yeo, who is now playing for his sixth team in 10 years in the PBA.
The veteran journeyman played for Coca-Cola Tigers and Sta. Lucia in his early seasons in the league, and then went on to wear the San Miguel Beer, Air21 Express, and Barangay Ginebra jerseys.
The 31-year-old guard, however, admitted that leaving the Gin Kings after getting traded to the Energy took some time to get used to.
Boston Celtics big man Jared Sullinger has often noted that he has been motivated by doubters his entire basketball career, and he is using those skeptics to fuel an offseason in which he has been challenged by team brass to improve his body shape and conditioning.
Sullinger missed most of the second half of the 2014-15 season due to a foot fracture before making a surprising late-season return. He struggled initially to find his form, but closed the season with a 21-point, 11-rebound effort in Game 4 of the first-round sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It was a reminder of the impact Sullinger can have on the court, and he pledged to keep his foot on the transformation accelerator during the offseason.
The Los Angeles Lakers aren't "locked in" to selecting a big man with the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft and are "intrigued" by point guards Emmanuel Mudiay and D'Angelo Russell, according to ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin.
If Los Angeles selects either Mudiay or Russell, it could change the draft landscape for the Knicks significantly.
The Timberwolves have the top selection and are likely to draft either Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor.
The Barako Bull Energy recovered from a 33-18 first quarter deficit and defeated the Meralco Bolts, 105-99, on Sunday.
"First time that we started slow, we allowed Meralco to out-hustle us early on," admitted Barako coach Koy Banal. "Hodge and Anthony and Emmett really tried to outrun our men. Our guys didn't give up. We were able to hold them to 19 points in the second quarter."
Banal also praised Willie Wilson for shadowing Meralco's import in the second half: